Ladakh standoff: India, China have started LAC withdrawal, says Rajnath Singh
Giving information on the current situation in Ladakh, the Defence Minister said that due to India's continued dialogue with China, there is agreement on withdrawal of the Indian Army and Chinese People Liberation Army (PLA) from the north and south banks of the Pangong Lake.
New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has briefed the Rajya Sabha on the ongoing dispute between India and China. Giving information on the current situation in Ladakh, the Defence Minister said that due to India's continued dialogue with China, there is agreement on withdrawal of the Indian Army and Chinese People Liberation Army (PLA) from the north and south banks of the Pangong Lake.
After this agreement, India and China will scale down the forward deployment of troops and heavy weaponry in a phased, coordinated manner.
While giving this information in the Rajya Sabha, the Defence Minister said that after the agreement between the two countries, China will take the PLA back to Finger 8 and the Indian Army will withdraw to the Dhan Singh Thapa Base at Finger 3. Rajnath Singh said that the withdrawal of the Indian Army and the PLA started on Wednesday.
The Defense Minister also informed that India has not lost even an inch of land in the dispute with China.
"We are committed to maintaining a peaceful position on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). India has always insisted on maintaining bilateral relations. Our security forces have proved that they are ready to face any challenge to protect the sovereignty of the country,'' Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said.
"LAC has many disturbed areas in eastern Ladakh. China has gathered enormous force and arms and ammunition from its side at the LAC and nearby areas. Our forces have also adequately and effectively counter-deployed," he added.
While addressing the House, the Defence Minister said, "Our soldiers are on the high peaks at the LAC. We have a heavy presence at the LAC. I feel proud to say that Indian forces have steadily faced all these challenges and have shown their valor and bravery on the Pangong Tso's South and North Bank. The Chinese attempted to encroach several times, but the Indian Army has foiled them.''
"There are still some issues about deployment and patrolling on the LAC. Our attention will be on these issues during further discussions. I want to say that the country will always remember the martyrs. I am convinced that this entire House, no matter what party it is, stands together on the question of sovereignty, unity, integrity and security of the country. Right now, patrolling in the finger area will be suspended,'' Rajnath Singh added.